Working for the European Union

Since German applicants have long been underrepresented in international organizations, the Federal Government promotes the personal presence of German citizens in the institutions of the EU and worldwide.

General information is available from the Foreign Office:

The selection procedure of the European Commission

In order to increase the chances of applicants to the "Concours", this is the name of the selection procedure of the European Commission, the Federal Foreign Office offers preparatory seminars, consultation and coaching for Concours participants. The following recommendations are given:

Advice and contact in individual questions:

  • Auswärtiges Amt
    E13 Personalpolitik und Dienstrecht in der EU
    11013 Berlin
    Tel.: 030-5000-1670

Internship and traineeships at EU institutions

Almost all EU institutions offer graduates the opportunity to complete internships. An internship is an excellent option to get to know the work in the European Union directly. The application will be implemented as part of a structured online procedure in which applicants register in a database and are selected by the institutions. Note the application deadlines for the five-month internships, which start regularly in spring and autumn.

Further information about the selection process can be found here.